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Bonhams features French classics at Retromobile auction in Paris

This 1958 Talbot-Lago T14 America Coupe was the last car built before the company closed | Bonhams photos
This 1958 Talbot-Lago T14 America Coupe was the last car built before the company closed | Bonhams photos

French classic automobiles are fittingly featured at Bonhams’ Paris auction, which takes place February 9 during the Retromobile celebration of vintage vehicles. The annual sale will cover 101 years of motoring history, Bonhams says.

The auction, named Grandes Marques au Grand Palais, will include offerings from French brands Bugatti, Citroën, Renault, Delage and Talbot Lago, among others, in an international sale held during one of Europe’s most flamboyant automotive festivals. Continue reading

Inaugural auction at famed Fairplex in Pomona readied by Mecum

A 1968 Dodge Dart LO23 Super Stock drag racer is one of the auction headliners | Mecum Auctions photos
A 1968 Dodge Dart LO23 Super Stock drag racer is one of the auction headliners | Mecum Auctions photos

The Fairplex in Pomona, California, is a fabled location for legions of motorsports and hot rod fans, the site of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, drag-racing competitions, gigantic swap meets and scores of car-club shows.

This month, the Fairplex will host a new Mecum Auctions collector car sale, with around 600 American muscle cars, hot rods, classics and Corvettes crossing the block during the two-day event February 17-18. Continue reading

Driven: Ferrari F50, and my continuing education

Larry Crane rides as Paul Frere masters the Ferrari F50 at the Fiorano circuit
Larry Crane rides along and learns as Paul Frere turns masterful laps in the Ferrari F50 at the Fiorano circuit

A lap of Pista de Fiorano, Ferrari’s on-site testing facility for all production and F1 cars, lived in my head. My first laps there were in a 328GTB. I returned to experience the first Testarossa and again for the 512TR. Then, on the 50th anniversary of the marque, we were given the opportunity to try the F50. Continue reading

Shoes for driving, and fine dining, from Piloti

Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos
Piloti Competizione shoes are designed for the race track | Piloti photos

So you love the red, white and black Piloti Competizione shoes you wear when you drive your vintage sports car on the track, but they really aren’t appropriate in the office, let alone the evening when you’re dining in a fancy restaurant.

But driving-shoemaker Piloti — Piloti is Italian for “drivers” — now has a solution, a new line of Italian-made luxury footwear that, managing director Michelle Massicotte said, can go “from the car to the office to the opera or to the cafe.” Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green
The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green

Usually it is really easy for me to find a Pick of the Day, but today I tried something different. I wanted to find a very special car that could be bought for a bargain price. After about three hours of searching, I think I have found just the car, definitely something I would love to have in my own garage.

My pick is this stunning 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a magnificent luxury automobile offered for the cost of an average new car. Continue reading

Custom ’36 Packard is America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

A Packard named the 'Mulholland Speedster' was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos
A Packard named the ‘Mulholland Speedster’ was picked at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show | AMBR photos

Low and long, and emulating the great coachbuilt cars of the 1930s, a custom 1936 Packard called the “Mulholland Speedster” was selected as America’s Most Beautiful Roadster at the 68th annual Grand National Roadster Show in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

The winning Packard special, built by Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods and owned by Bruce Wanta, was selected at the culmination of the three-day show that featured more than 1,000 hand-built street rods and custom cars. More than 40,000 people attended the show. Continue reading

Leake offers 50-car ‘Leaded Gas’ collection at no reserve in OKC

Pontiac built one-off pickup for division's president | Leake Auctions photos
Pontiac built one-off pickup for division’s president | Leake Auctions photos

Fifty cars from the Leaded Gas Classics and the Jim McLane collection will be offered at Leake Auction Company’s February 24-26 Oklahoma City sale at no reserve, the auction house has announced. McLane owns the Leaded Gas Classics dealership and car collection based in Alabaster, Alabama.

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Reborn Alvis to be on display at London Classic Car Show

The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos
The 1935 Bertelli-bodied 4.3-litre Alvis Sports Coupe is being replicated | Alvis Car Company photos

Fifty years after it stopped building cars, the famed British brand Alvis has returned with a series of continuation models that celebrate the marque’s road and racing successes of the past. These cars, and the historic originals that inspired them, will be shown February 23-26 during the London Classic Car Show.

Among the vintage Alvis cars on display will be a stunning 1966 Graber-bodied TF21 and a 1937 4.3 drophead coupe (convertible) with Lancefield coachwork. Both of these cars are being replicated for Alvis customers. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II

The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8
The Plymouth Belvedere packs a 440 cid big-block V8

The Pick of the Day is a classic piece of big-block Mopar muscle, a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere II hardtop that looks like it just rolled off a ’60s drag strip. Powered by a 440cid V8 with performance tweaks, and its body and interior in stock trim, this Plymouth looks ready to blow the doors off all comers.

The midsize Belvedere has a great look for a no-nonsense performance car, with its razor-sharp body design and stark roofline. The unadorned style only adds to the implied message of massive power lurking within. Continue reading

Big Bentley ‘Bobtail’ racer set for RM Sotheby’s Florida auction

The 1928 Bentley 'Bobtail' wears a body designed by Vanden Plas | RM Sotheby's photos
The 1928 Bentley ‘Bobtail’ wears a body designed by Vanden Plas | RM Sotheby’s photos

One of the mammoth factory cars raced by the Bentley team as the Roaring ‘20s drew to a close, the famed 1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans Sports “Bobtail” that competed twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be offered for sale during RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island, Florida, in March.

The Bentley Bobtail, chassis No. KM3088, raced at Le Mans in 1928 and 1929, placing third overall in the latter race. It also finished second overall at the 1929 Brooklands Double Twelve at an average speed 81.39 mph. Continue reading